Date: 25th October 2016 at 2:11am
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Some might have missed Huddersfield Town taking victory over Derby County this weekend, a certain head coach rather exuberant celebration stole the headlines!

Hosting Steve McClaren’s again Derby side at the John Smith’s Stadium for the match, Elias Kachunga’s 93rd minute stoppage time winner gave us all three points on the day and victory was nothing less than Huddersfield deserved in reality given the number of chances fashioned on the day.

For Wagner it was all a bit too much as the goal went in and he sprinted however many yards, onto the pitch, to celebrate with the players – and well it’s a fantastic clip that shows how passionate he is to be honest.

Having encroached on the field of play though, referee Peter Bankes had little option but to send him to the stands for the remaining minutes and Wagner felt it was a curious rule because he was celebrating, not trying to hatchet job one of their players.

The Yorkshire Post have him saying.

‘It is an emotional game and I lost control of my emotions. But I didn’t shout at anyone, or hurt anybody, but it is a rule that I must not leave my technical area. I have seen the referee and he will put that in his report.’

He also barbed back at critics who questioned the character of the side following recent defeats.

‘I am angry that after two defeats I have to answer questions about the character of my players. At Huddersfield we are humble, we know where we come from. Eleven months ago I came here and I lost my first two games and we were in a relegation battle. Now we under-perform in one game against Preston and people question us. I am angry when I read that we need a new striker. That is not correct.’

Talking about the game more generally and the performance, the Examiner also have him saying.

‘Even if we had drawn, it would have been a good performance. We knew we had to once again show our identity on the grass and we did this. But after a great goal, a fine finish by Elias and a great cross by Harry Bunn, I think we deserved this result. Emotion is part of football, and I was a small part of this game. When we scored I was without control. But I was totally surprised to be sent to the stand. For me I did nothing. Why be punished for celebrating with my players? I shouted to nobody, hurt nobody, and caused nobody a problem when I celebrated with my players seconds before the end of the game.’

With plenty of fans wondering why managers and players can’t seemingly celebrate with their fans after scoring these days with the yellow cards being shown, the Examiner also report that Wagner will not face further punishment – either a ban or a fine for his actions – as both the referee and the Football Association accept it was a heat of the moment celebration and nothing else.

So at least some common sense for a change.

Operations Director at the club, Ann Hough, explained.

‘On behalf of David and the club, I`d like to thank the FA for its understanding on this matter and subsequent response. Football is an emotive game and in a fantastic moment, David lost awareness of his surroundings as he wanted to celebrate the winning goal with his players. David knows he should not leave the technical area and enter the field of play and has been reminded of his responsibilities. But he caused no issue and didn`t delay the restart of the game. As such, we feel the FA`s response is appropriate.’

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